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Teacher Could Lose Her Job Over Photo of Duct-Taped Students Posted on Facebook

I’ll admit it. I’ve cast longing glances at the junk drawer that holds our duct tape when my toddler is in the midst of a meltdown. But no. No. That would be wrong.

There is a time and place for duct tape. And if you’re me that time and place is when your taillight is broken or your high chair needs fixin.’

Or hey. A broken binder. That sounds like the perfect time to break out the duct tape. Which is exactly what middle school teacher Melissa Cairns did when one of her students complained of a broken binder.

Once the duct tape was out the students began playing with it culminating in them putting it over their mouths. Cairns, a math teacher at Buchtel Community Larning Center, snapped a pic and posted it to her person page with the joking caption, “Finally found a way to get them to be quiet!!!”

A colleague notified a supervisor of the photo. As ABC News reports, Cairns was placed on paid leave last October and last week the Akron Public Schools Board of Education voted to pursue the firing of Melissa Cairns.

Cairns admits to ABC that she “made a bad mistake of thinking it was funny and posting it on Facebook” but that one mistake shouldn’t cost her her job.

I don’t even think she made a mistake. She’s apparently a good teacher who was bonding with her students. Kids learn better when they like and trust their teacher. Cairns probably shouldn’t post photos of her students on her personal Facebook page but that’s not what the school board is so upset about. They’re upset about the duct tape. Which was a silly joke.

I’m not seeing the big deal? Are you?

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